Utopian Generations : The Political Horizon of Twentieth-Century Literature (Translation/Transnation)
Nicholas BrownISBN: 0691122121; 9780691122120;
Book Description Utopian Generations develops a powerful interpretive matrix for understanding world literature--one that renders modernism and postcolonial African literature comprehensible within a single framework, within which neither will ever look the same. Although African literature has commonly been seen as representationally naive vis-a-vis modernism and canonical modernism as reactionary vis-a-vis postcolonial literature, what brings these two "bodies of work together, argues Nicholas Brown, is their disposition toward Utopia or "the horizon of a radical reconfiguration of social relations." Grounded in a profound rethinking of the Hegelian Marxist tradition, this fluently written book takes as its point of departure the partial displacement during the twentieth century of capitalism's "internal limit" (classically conceived as the conflict between labor and capital) onto a geographic division of labor and wealth. Dispensing with...